SPAR South Africa holds KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition

South Africa, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six young aspirant chefs took to their cooking stations recently in this year’s finals of the SPAR South Africa KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition.

The young primary school finalists battled it out for the first-place spot with twelve year old, Ryleigh Rutherford, taking home the honours with a delectable and flawless cheese cake. Twelve year old, Tiana Gangaram, was runner up with a superb tuna tart, which completely converted one non-fish eating judge.

The annual cook-off held in KwaZulu Natal saw the youngsters preparing a recipe that they had submitted as their competition entry, as well as a mystery dish – gingerbread men.

One of the judges, SPAR KwaZulu Natal Advertising and Promotions Manager, Nelene Rampersad who was instrumental in conceptualising the competition for SPAR in an effort to encourage young chefs, said: “I love that this year we had such a range of dishes from the finalists. This made judging difficult, and our taste-buds were put to the test, but after much deliberation, Ryleigh’s Cheese Cake came out tops. It was faultless – a great presentation, and top-class texture and flavour. Her gingerbread men were done to perfection with a crisp texture, with some fun iced decorations. Well done to all for the good food, great spirit and enthusiasm.”

Ryleigh won a R5,000 shopping voucher for her first-place position with runner up, Tiana receiving a R2,000 shopping voucher and all four remaining finalists each received a R500 SPAR shopping voucher. All finalists received a SPAR sweet hamper and a hamper packed with baking utensils to further their culinary aspirations.

“It was really fun,” said Ryleigh, who has always helped her mom in the kitchen ever since she can remember. “I enjoyed making my cheese cake here today. It was so exciting to work in a professional kitchen.”

To read more news from SPAR South Africa, follow this link.

About SPAR South Africa: 

SPAR South Africa was established in 1963 and operates four retail formats: SPAR, SUPERSPAR, KWIKSPAR and SPAR Express. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to join the SPAR organisation.

The SPAR Partner grants licences to independent retailers to operate stores under one of the four formats, with almost all of the current store portfolio being independently owned. In 2016, sales per m2 increased by 6% in Euro terms, and sales for the year from SPAR South Africa’s 821 stores were €4.47 billion.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Toys“R”Us kicks off holiday shopping season with discounts on hundreds of toy and baby products this Sunday

Toys“R”Us kicks off holiday shopping season with discounts on hundreds of toy and baby products this Sunday

 

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Deal seekers get ready: This Sunday, Toys“R”Us® will once again kick-off the holiday shopping season with discounts on hundreds of toy and baby products. Even better? There’s no membership or loyalty status required – ensuring parents, gift givers and Santa’s helpers only have to make one stop to buy the items on their kids’ (naughty or nice) wish lists. With more than 154 million people planning to shop in-store or online Thanksgiving weekend*, Toys“R”Us customers will have early access to hundreds of mark downs, including 65% off Playskool Friends™ Sesame Street™ Love2Learn Elmo (Was $69.99, Now $19.99) and $100 off NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster (Was $199.99, Now $99.99), starting Sunday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 22.

Don’t worry, the savings continue: Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open their doors on Thursday, November 23** at 5 pm (local time), and remain open for 30 hours of continuous shopping and deep discounts, including doorbusters like 50% off Barbie® Pink Passport 3-Story Townhouse (Was $119.99, Now $59.99) and $150 on Power Wheels® Boomerang™ 12 Volt Ride-On (Was $399.99, Now $249.99).

Toys“R”Us customers who prefer to sit back and relax the day before Thanksgiving can shop some of the biggest deals of the weekend as early as Wednesday, November 22 at 9pm EST on Toysrus.com, where they can also take advantage of the company’s Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store service.

Below are highlights of “Pre-Black Friday” deals, available at Toys“R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com beginning SUNDAY, November 19 through WEDNESDAY, November 22 at 9 pm, while supplies last (no rain checks).

  • SAVE $100 on NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster; Was $199.99, Now $99.99
  • SAVE Over 65% on Playskool Friends Sesame Street Love2Learn Elmo; Was $69.99, Now $19.99
  • SAVE $50 on Motorola for Babies“R”Us® 5 inch Video Baby Monitor – Comfort50; Was $109.99, Now $59.99

Below are highlights of doorbusters deals available at Toys“R”Us stores only on THURSDAY, November 23 from 5pm to midnight, while supplies last (no rain checks).

  • SAVE 50% on Barbie Pink Passport 3-Story Townhouse; Was $119.99, Now $59.99
  • SAVE $150 on Power Wheels Boomerang™ 12 Volt Ride-On; Was $399.99, Now $249.99
  • SAVE $30 on Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery; Was $79.99, Now $49.99

Below is a selection of additional online and in-store savings that will be available at Toys“R”Us beginning THURSDAY, November 23 at 5pm, and Babies“R”Us® beginning FRIDAY, November 24 at 8am through SATURDAY, November 25 at 12pm, while supplies last (no rain checks).

  • SAVE 33% on ALL Fisher-Price® Infant Toys; Prices Vary
  • SAVE $150 on KidTrax Disney Mickey Mouse Hot Rod Coupe 12 Volt Ride or Disney Minnie Mouse Hot Rod Coupe 12 Volt Ride On; Was $349.99, Now $199.99
  • SAVE $30 on Select Video Games; Prices Vary
  • SAVE ON ALL Babies“R”Us Brand Diapers – Super Packs; Was $19.99, Now $11.99
  • SAVE ON ALL Babies“R”Us Sleep & Play Footies; Was $8.99, Now $5.00
  • BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on ALL Babyganics products

NOTE: All Thursday through Saturday deals (exclusive of doorbusters) will also be accessible on Toysrus.com/BlackFriday beginning WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 9pm EST online at Toysrus.com.

To help ensure eager deal-hunters can check-off their holiday gift list, Toys“R”Us will also offer a variety of services in its stores throughout Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store: In 2016, 44% of consumers shopped online, and 40% in-store*. That’s why Toys“R”Us is giving customers the best of both options during the busiest time of year. Place an order online, pick it up at your local store.
  • In-Store G.P.S. Navigator: Not sure where to start? Customers will find dedicated G.P.S. (Guru of Play Stuff) Navigators at the front of stores who can help point out the best gift ideas based on a child’s age and interest.
  • Layaway: Toys“R”Us is bringing back its free layaway service, plus, now through Saturday, December 9, Toys“R”Us will pay-off one individual’s layaway order per day (up to $200)***. For more information about Layaway, visit https://www.toysrus.com/layaway.

The deals don’t stop after the leftovers are finished – Toys“R”Us customers can expect huge discounts on thousands of the hottest items online during Cyber Week, which begins Saturday, November 25 at 7am EST. While Price Match will not be available from Sunday, November 19, through Friday, December 1 at 6am local time, customers can take advantage of Price Match throughout the holiday season. The company’s new and improved policy guarantees that if a customer finds a toy or baby item advertised at a lower price at another store, Toys“R”Us will honor its Price Match Guarantee. Plus, Toys“R”Us will donate $1 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for each time a customer uses the company’s Price Match services now through Sunday, December 24***. For more information, visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.

To learn more about the holiday deals offered throughout the Thanksgiving week, visit the company’s official blog, No Assembly Required and follow @ToysrusNews.

* National Retail Federation, Retailers Made Black Friday Irresistible for Customers with Great Deals, Online and In-Store
** Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 11 pm on Friday, November 24, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11 pm and will reopen on Friday, November 24 at 7 am – 11 pm; stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9pm and will reopen Friday, November 24 from 6 am – 11 pm; and the store in New York City (Times Square) which will open at 8am on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 12 am Saturday, November 25 (this location will reopen on Saturday, November 25 at 9am for regular business hours). Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will also have varying store open times.
*** Winners will be chosen at the end of every week and will be given a $200 gift card to Toys“R”Us stores.
*** Up to 1 Million Dollars.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Dollar General continues its partnerships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Thanks and Giving® campaign and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General plans to celebrate this holiday season through its mission of Serving Others. In that spirit, the company is continuing its longstanding partnerships with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Thanks and Giving® campaign, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and other local toy drives to help support the communities across the 44 states it calls home.

To provide further aid and assistance for these organizations’ efforts, Dollar General also plans to make a $100,000 donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and a $75,000 donation to the Thanks and Giving® campaign, as well as collect customers’ donations in stores to support these campaigns.

Dollar General customers may donate $1 or more at check-out to benefit the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign from Friday, November 17 until Friday, December 15. Dollar General is proud to provide support for the twelfth consecutive year to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the global leader in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other deadly diseases. Since 2006, Dollar General and its customers have provided more than $17.4 million to the Thanks and Giving® campaign.

Also beginning Friday, November 17, Dollar General will aim to make the holidays brighter for children by collecting toys and holiday items through a toy drive partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and local toy drives. Customers may drop off donations through Friday, December 8 at their local Dollar General store.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Media Hotline:
Crystal Ghassemi
1-877-944-DGPR (3477)
dgpr@dollargeneral.com

Source: About Dollar General Corporation

The Children’s Place Q3 2017 results: comparable retail sales increased 5.1%

  • Delivers Q3 Comparable Retail Sales Increase of 5.1%
  • Reports Q3 GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $2.44 vs $2.36 in Q3 2016, a 3% Increase and
  • Q3 Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share of $2.58 vs $2.29 in Q3 2016, a 13% Increase
  • Repurchases $28 Million in Stock and Pays $7 Million in Dividends in Q3
  • Increases Adjusted EPS Guidance to a Range of $7.46 to $7.51 for FY 2017 Compared to Previous Guidance of $7.23 to $7.33 and FY 2016 Adjusted EPS of $5.43

ECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (Nov. 15, 2017) announced financial results for the thirteen weeks ended October 28, 2017.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We delivered exceptional operating results in the third quarter with comparable retail sales, gross margin, operating margin and earnings per diluted share all exceeding last year. Our third quarter comparable retail sales increased 5.1%, our eighth consecutive quarter of positive comps, on top of a positive 4.6% comp in the third quarter of 2016. Merchandise margin expanded for the 11th consecutive quarter. Our store traffic has experienced sequential improvement for each of the past six quarters and all of our key retail metrics increased – AUR, ADS, UPT, transactions and conversion. And, we repurchased $28 million in stock and paid $7 million in dividends in the quarter.”

Ms. Elfers continued, “Our results are impressive on their own, but given the impact of three major hurricanes, Gymboree’s bankruptcy and inventory liquidation sales, the record October heat across most of the country, and the anniversary of our very successful private label credit card and loyalty program launches in the third quarter of last year, our results are outstanding.”

Ms. Elfers concluded, “Looking ahead, while we are only a couple of weeks into the fourth quarter, our business is strong. We continue to make significant progress against each of our strategic growth initiatives – superior product, business transformation through technology, global growth through alternate channels of distribution and fleet optimization – all of which are supported by a best-in-class management team.”

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release.

Third Quarter 2017 Results
Net sales increased 3.4% to $490.0 million in the third quarter of 2017. Comparable retail sales increased 5.1% in the third quarter of 2017.

Net income was $44.1 million, or $2.44 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017, compared to net income of $44.2 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, the previous year.  Adjusted net income was $46.7 million, or $2.58 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $42.8 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, in the third quarter last year. This $0.29 increase in adjusted net income per diluted share includes a $0.03 benefit resulting from the new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation.

Gross profit was $202.4 million in the third quarter, compared to $194.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted gross profit was $202.4 million in the third quarter, compared to $194.4 million last year, and leveraged 30 basis points to 41.3% of sales, driven by increases in AUR and merchandise margin resulting from strong product acceptance and inventory management, inclusive of the impact of the increased penetration of our ecommerce business which runs at a lower gross margin rate.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $118.3 million compared to $115.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted SG&A was $117.3 million compared to $115.4 million in the third quarter last year and leveraged 50 basis points as a percentage of net sales primarily as a result of the positive comparable retail sales, in addition to decreased store expenses which were driven by lower credit card fees, and lower incentive compensation expenses, partially offset by the investment in our transformation initiatives.

Operating income was $64.1 million, compared to operating income of $62.1 million in the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted operating income in the third quarter of 2017 was $68.4 million, or 14.0% of net sales, compared to adjusted operating income of $62.4 million in the third quarter last year, leveraging 80 basis points compared to last year.

For the third quarter, the Company’s adjusted net income excludes net expenses of approximately $2.6 million, compared to excluded net income of approximately $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2016, in each case comprising certain items which the Company believes are not reflective of the performance of its core business. For the third quarter of 2017, these excluded items are primarily related to expenses associated with asset impairment charges and restructuring costs. For the third quarter of 2016, these excluded items related primarily to income due to the release of reserves for prior year uncertain tax positions, partially offset by asset impairment charges.

Fiscal Year to Date
Net sales increased 2.8% to $1,300.3 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Comparable retail sales increased 4.8% in the first nine months of fiscal 2017.

Net income was $94.6 million, or $5.19 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2017, compared to net income of $68.1 million, or $3.56 per diluted share, the previous year. Adjusted net income was $98.3 million, or $5.39 per diluted share, compared to $68.4 million, or $3.57 per diluted share. This $1.82, or 51%, increase in adjusted net income per diluted share includes a $0.90 benefit resulting from the new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. Excluding this $0.90 benefit from the new accounting rules, adjusted net income per diluted share increased 26%.

Gross profit was $501.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2017, compared to $483.7 million last year.  Adjusted gross profit was $502.1 million, or 38.6% of net sales, leveraging 40 basis points compared to last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first nine months of fiscal 2017 were $338.6 million, compared to $332.6 million last year. Adjusted SG&A was $331.7 million, compared to $332.9 million last year, leveraging 80 basis points compared to last year.

Operating income was $109.7 million, compared to operating income of $98.8 million in fiscal 2016. Adjusted operating income was $121.9 million, or 9.4% of net sales, compared to $101.7 million, or 8.0% of net sales last year, leveraging 140 basis points.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2017, the Company’s adjusted net income excludes net expenses of approximately $3.7 million, compared to excluded net expenses of approximately $0.2 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2016, in each case comprising certain items which the Company believes are not reflective of the performance of its core business. For the first nine months of fiscal 2017, these excluded items are primarily related to charges due to a provision for a legal settlement resulting from a pricing litigation, asset impairment charges, restructuring costs, a state sales and use tax audit settlement, a provision for foreign exchange control penalties, and an insurance claim deductible, partially offset by income associated with the release of reserves for prior year uncertain tax positions. For the first nine months of fiscal 2016, these excluded items primarily related to asset impairment charges, partially offset by income related to the release of reserves for prior year uncertain tax positions.

Store Openings and Closures
The Company opened one store and did not close any stores during the third quarter of 2017. The Company ended the quarter with 1,027 stores and square footage of 4.81 million, a decrease of 3.2% compared to the prior year. Since our fleet optimization initiative was announced in 2013, we have closed 156 stores.

The Company’s international franchise partners opened 10 points of distribution and closed 3 in the third quarter, and the Company ended the quarter with 168 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Capital Return Program
During the third quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased 258,669 shares for approximately $28 million, inclusive of shares repurchased and surrendered to cover tax withholdings associated with the vesting of equity awards held by management. The Company also paid a quarterly dividend of approximately $7 million, or $0.40 per share, in the quarter.

For the first nine months of 2017, the Company repurchased 766,037 shares for approximately $85 million, inclusive of shares repurchased and surrendered to cover tax withholdings associated with the vesting of equity awards held by management. The Company also paid quarterly dividends totaling approximately $21 million in the first nine months of 2017.

Since 2009, the Company has returned over $863 million to its investors through share repurchases and dividends. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, approximately $278 million remained available for future share repurchases under the Company’s existing share repurchase programs.

Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share. The dividend for the fourth quarter is payable on January 3, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 13, 2017.

Outlook
The Company is updating its outlook for fiscal 2017 and now expects adjusted net income per diluted share to be in the range of $7.46 to $7.51, inclusive of a $0.91 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. This compares to the Company’s previous guidance for adjusted net income per diluted share of $7.23 to $7.33, inclusive of an $0.89 benefit resulting from new accounting rules for the income tax impact on share-based compensation. Excluding the benefit from the new accounting rules, full year adjusted net income per diluted share guidance is projected to increase 20% to 21% compared to adjusted net income per diluted share of $5.43 last year.

This guidance for adjusted net income per diluted share excludes charges of approximately $3.7 million related to a provision for a legal settlement resulting from a pricing litigation, asset impairment charges, restructuring costs, a state sales and use tax audit settlement, a provision for foreign exchange control penalties, and an insurance claim deductible, partially offset by income associated with the release of reserves for prior year uncertain tax positions, as the Company believes these items are not reflective of the performance of its core business.

The Company expects adjusted net income per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017 will be between $2.07 and $2.12. This compares to adjusted net income per diluted share of $1.88 in the fourth quarter of 2016. This guidance assumes a low single digit increase in comparable retail sales.

Financial Results
The Company’s results are reported in this press release on a GAAP and as adjusted, non-GAAP basis. Adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted gross profit, adjusted SG&A, and adjusted operating income are non-GAAP measures, and are not intended to replace GAAP financial information and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The Company believes the income and expense items excluded as non-GAAP adjustments are not reflective of the performance of its core business and that providing this supplemental disclosure to investors will facilitate comparisons of the past and present performance of its core business.  The Company uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate and measure operating performance, including, to measure performance for purposes of the Company’s annual bonus and long-term incentive compensation plans. A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial information is provided at the end of this press release.

Conference Call Information
The Children’s Place will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2017 results today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live at http://investor.childrensplace.com. An audio archive will be available on the Company’s website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated 1,027 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 168 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains, and the above referenced conference call may contain, forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

The Children’s Place declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share

Company Has Returned Over $863 Million to Shareholders Since 2009

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today ( Nov. 15, 2017) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continued to deliver outstanding operating results in the third quarter and the continuation of our quarterly dividend is a further reflection of our confidence in our ability to execute on our strategic initiatives and our continuing commitment to return excess capital to shareholders. The Children’s Place has a profitable business model which generates strong cash flow. Since 2009, we have returned over $863 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.”

The Board declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.40 per share to be paid January 3, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 13, 2017.  Future declarations of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to approval by the Company’s Board of Directors based on a number of factors, including business and market conditions, the Company’s future financial performance and other investment priorities.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.
The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated 1,027 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 168 international points of distribution open and operated by its 7 franchise partners in 19 countries.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s strategic initiatives and adjusted net income per diluted share.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by weakness in the economy that continues to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or more politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:  

Robert Vill
Group Vice President
Finance
(201) 453-6693

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

Old Navy unveils Black Friday deals; will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs for every Cozy Socks purchased

50% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE IN STORES & ONLINE DURING 3-DAY BLACK FRIYAY SALE

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old Navy is putting the yay in HoliYAY this shopping season with an opportunity to give back while stocking up, extended Black Friday deals and a line-up of family-fun store events for kids ages 1 to 100.

Cozy Socks One Dolla Holla

During the One Dolla Holla sale, Old Navy customers can get cozy while giving back. On Black Friday, Nov. 24, cozy socks will be offered in-store at the one-day only doorbuster price of $1 per pair. The beloved stocking stuffer, normally $5 per pair, feature playful novelty prints ranging from unicorns to gingerbread men. Even better, for every pair purchased, Old Navy will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs, up to $1 million.1

Through its cause platform ONward!, Old Navy is committed to taking the next generation to the next level, and has long supported Boys & Girls Clubs to help turn learners into leaders. The brand’s Black Friday donation will go to creating an employment program for Boys & Girls Club youth, offering them career coaching and a first job at Old Navy stores.

Black FriYAY Deals & Hours

Old Navy’s Black Friday sale is longer than ever with a pre-party sale leading up to the main event, a 3-day Black Friday celebration, and 72 hours of Cyber deals.

  • During the Pre-Party Sale from Thursday, Nov. 16 until Tuesday, Nov. 21, customers will receive 40% off their entire purchase in stores and online.2
  • From Wednesday Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 24, the three-day official Black Friday sale will offer customers 50% off their entire purchase and thousands of styles from $10 & under, both in stores and online.3
  • Old Navy cardmembers receive early access to the Black Friday sale with 50% off their purchase from Thursday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 19 when using their Old Navy credit card in-store and online.4
  • The 72 hours of Cyber Sale kicks off on the heels of Black Friday. On Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28, OldNavy.com will offer 40% off everything. On Cyber Monday, OldNavy.com will offer its best deal of the year with 50% off everything, no exclusions.5

Mark your calendar for all the incredible deals with details at OldNavy.com/#holiyay.

Old Navy will provide extended shopping hours around Black Friday, offering customers a wide range of times to take advantage of the 50% off sale.

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Old Navy stores will open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10pm.
  • On Thanksgiving Day, stores will open at 3 p.m. and stay open until 1 a.m.
  • On Black Friday, doors will open 5 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m.6

In-Store SaturYAY Events

Old Navy is saying “bye” to the humdrum and “hi” to the moments of kid-like joy and merriment this holiday season with five special SaturYAY store events for the young and young at heart.

SaturYAY Steal (Saturday, Nov. 18):
Start crafting with glittery sticker sheets and holiday-themed coloring pages, gifted with every purchase. In select stores in New York City (Times Square and Herald Square) and San Francisco(Union Square), try your luck at snagging holiday goodies in our custom Old Navy Claw Machine.

Santa’s Wish List (Saturday, Dec. 2):
Send holiday wishes to the North Pole at our Santa Wish List card activity station. In flagship stores (three Manhattan locations, San Francisco’s Union Square and Chicago’s State Street), Santa will be in the house to pose for keepsake printed photos.

Snap & Share (Saturday, Dec. 9):
Snap and share festive photos using our playful holiday props, available in select stores. Store associates will be available to capture your best angles.

Jingle Jammie Jam (Saturday, Dec. 16):
Join our in-store PJ party. Store associates will be donning their Jingle Jammies to perform a special choreographed dance called the “Jingle Jammie Jam.”

Gift Tags (Saturday, Dec. 23)
Finish wrapping those last-minute gifts with a set of exclusive gift tags, gifted with every purchase.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

1 Offer valid in stores only on 11/24/17 in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada while supplies last. Cozy Socks limit 10 per customer. Select Styles Only. $1 million cap is in US currency, applies to combined sales in the US and Canada, and will be divided proportionally between Boys & Girls Clubs of America (“BGCA”) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada (“BGCC”) based on the respective sales in the US and Canada. BGCA’s and BGCC’s names and logos are used with their permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product or company.

2 40% valid 11/16-11/21. Excludes in-store clearance, gift cards, register-lane items, jewelry, and today-only deals.

3 50% valid 11/22-11/24. Excludes Gift Cards, In-Store Clearance, Register Lane Items, Jewelry, Today Only Deals, and 2 Day Only Deals.

4 50% off subject to credit approval, valid 11/16-11/19. A Gap Inc. Credit Card must be used as pay type. See stores for details.

5 Offer does not apply to gift cards or Today Only Deals.

6 Store hours may vary, check local stores for details.

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@gap.com

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

Taubman announces return of “Santa’s Flight Academy” to 12 of its shopping centers from November 9 through December 24

Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole features state-of-the-art technology that transforms each child into a ‘Cadet’ and delivers a sneak peak of ‘Ferdinand’ in theaters Dec. 15

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — To capture the magic and wonder of the holiday season, Taubman (NYSE: TCO) today (11/07/2017) announced that “Santa’s Flight Academy,” a one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience, will return to 12 of its shopping centers from November 9 through December 24. Set in a gigantic reimagination of the North Pole, state-of-the-art technology is used to enable children to join Santa’s flight crew before meeting him in person.

“With Santa’s Flight Academy, we continue the cherished tradition of meeting Santa, but modernize it for each child with special, personalized experiences that happen throughout the visit,” said William Taubman, chief operating officer, Taubman. “This special adventure can only be found in select Taubman shopping centers.”

As an elite flight crew member, the mission is to prepare Santa’s sleigh to deliver presents around the world. Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, each ‘Cadet’ presents their official badge and is recognized by name. From there, children are fitted for a virtual flight suit, navigate a flight course, inspect and power the sleigh all before takeoff. The experience culminates with an enchanted snowfall dance party and a visit with Santa.

In partnership with 20th Century Fox, the holiday set will also showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand. In theaters Friday, December 15, the film tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

For a second year, Santa’s Flight Academy will only be available at the following:

  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center (Denver)
  • Dolphin Mall (Miami, Fla.)
  • Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, Va.)
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
  • International Plaza (Tampa, Fla.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville)
  • The Mall of San Juan (Puerto Rico)*
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at University Town Center (Sarasota, Fla.)*
  • Sunvalley Shopping Center (Concord, Calif.)
  • Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi, Mich.)
  • Westfarms (Hartford, Conn.)

*The Mall of San Juan and The Mall at UTC open to the public on November 11

To help expedite each visit, customers are encouraged to create official flight crew badges via the center’s website, or through mobile apps available for iPhone and Android. However, badges can also be created onsite at special Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks.

A variety of photo packages will be available for purchase, each includes a complimentary Lovepop card. Santa’s Express Lane passes (at participating centers) may be purchased online and will allow families to reserve a time block and avoid lengthy lines. For more information on a specific location, please contact each shopping center or visit the center’s website.

ABOUT TAUBMAN

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com

Contact:

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Amy Grundman
Manager, Strategic Communications, Taubman
248-258-7681
agrundman@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Bartell Drugs to host its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

As part of the promotion, we are partnering with MOVin and WARM radio stations and hosting two special radio remotes to encourage donations. These remotes will be:

  • Wednesday, November 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • MOVin 92.5 with hosts Brooke and Jubal
    • At Admiral Way Bartell Drugs, 2345 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle
  • Friday, December 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • WARM 106.9 with hosts Allen and Ashley
    • At Silver Lake Bartell Drugs, 11020 19th Avenue SE, Everett

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include:

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

PHOTO CAPTION: Vafa Mostaghim, Assistant Manager at our Jefferson Square (West Seattle) store, poses with samples of toys that can be given to needy kids during our Toy ‘N’ Joy toy donation drive, November 12 through December 9.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its 127-year history here in the Pacific Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contacts:
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
206-933-9414
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Asda unveils its Christmas Imaginarium

Asda unveils its Christmas Imaginarium

Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — ‘Tis the season for festive adverts and this Sunday evening (5th November), Asda is set to unveil its offer for 2017 with a journey into the magical world of Asda’s very own Christmas workshop – the Imaginarium.

The 60 second ad will launch in the first ad break of X Factor on ITV on Sunday night and according to Asda’s Chief Customer Officer, Andy Murray, the idea came from seeing the reaction of Asda customers when they took part in tasting sessions of Asda’s Christmas range.

Murray explains: “Earlier in the year we held sessions with our customers to get feedback on our Christmas range. As we talked to them about Christmas we could see how much joy and happiness planning their Christmas brought them – we knew we wanted to reflect that in our ad. When we saw their reactions to our food – the way it surprised them and made them smile – as well as the incredible pride and attention to detail our product developers had put into creating it, the inspiration for the Imaginarium was born.”

The ad follows a young girl and her grandfather, who stumble across an intriguing and mysterious looking factory. As they sneak through the gates a magical world unfolds before their eyes and they discover Asda’s Christmas Imaginarium.

Eilidh Macaskill, Asda’s Vice President Creative and Media, explains: “By Combining CGI animation and some spectacular real life venues, the Imaginarium is depicted as a maze of rooms containing magical machines and enchanting experiments. From a reindeer powering an enormous food mixer making Christmas puddings, to bite-sized canapes and mince pies being assembled by miniature Imaginarium workers, and Christmas Smash Igloo cakes being tested by strapping weightlifters, the ad is a love letter to our customers and products.”

On their journey the pair discover the secrets behind Asda’s festive ranges. From a giant pop-up Christmas cookbook revealing two Asda chefs preparing a delicious Christmas dinner of roast turkey and Wagyu beef dripping roast potatoes, to an adult-only, futuristic gin room where truffles are being infused with gin by a giant ‘gin laser’ – the ad reinforces the imaginative ways Asda is working to provide the best Christmas ever for its customers.

Andy Murray, adds: “The care and attention that has gone into listening to our customers and creating our Christmas range this year is really impressiveand the Imaginarium is the perfect showcase for the excitement and ethos behind our products. Whatever your age or budget, Christmas is the time of year when you’re open to a little bit of magic and wondermentand I’m really excited that we’ve been able to do our bit to provide that for our customers this year.

In addition to the 60 second ad, Asda will also air four 30 second adverts during the festive period, revealing more mysteries of the Asda Imaginarium and showcasing more of Asda’s food, George clothing and homeware.

-ENDS-

For further details or high-res imagery, please email asda@mischiefpr.com or call 020 3128 6600.

Notes to editors

Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers. It has more than 160,000 dedicated Asda colleagues serving customers from 645 stores, including 3 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 33 Asda Living stores, 155 Supermarkets, 31 depots and seven recycling centres across the UK. Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. More than 18 million people shop at Asda stores every week and 98 per cent of UK homes are served by www.ASDA.com. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

SOURCE: ASDA

Argos launches its 2017 Christmas advertising campaign

Argos launches its 2017 Christmas advertising campaign

Action-ready Argos elves pull out all the stops to help Santa deliver gifts in record time

LONDON, UK, 2017-Nov-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retailer Argos launches its 2017 Christmas advertising campaign, breaking tonight with high profile spots during ITV’s Emmerdale and Channel 4’s Gogglebox.

The 60 second TV commercial will transport millions of viewers to a magical Argos distribution centre where a troupe of Argos elves are helping Santa to deliver hundreds of thousands of gifts across the country at record speed on bright red super-sleighs.

The advert celebrates Argos’s commitment to super speedy delivery, with online orders delivered in as little as four hours¹ through its market-leading nationwide Fast Track same-day delivery service.

In a Christmas advertising first, three children will also have the exciting opportunity to feature in the TV advert themselves. From Tuesday 7 November, parents can visit Argos’s Facebook and Twitter channels to submit an image of their child using the hashtag #ReadyForTakeOff.  Three winners will be selected and will appear on national TV in the Argos advert for a whole day each on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November.

What’s more, everyone will get a chance to see their child’s face in a personalised social media version of the advert which they can share with loved ones.  Again, they simply need to upload their child’s photo on the Argos Facebook or Twitter sites and include the hashtag #ReadyForTakeOff.

The advert, created by CHI&Partners and directed by Gary Freedman, features a futuristic rocket-powered super-sleigh ready to take off on its mission across the country. The action shifts gear as one child’s long-awaited Christmas present, a Teksta voice-recognition robotic puppy, is found wandering the aisles by an elf.  The quick-thinking elf scans it in at the elf station to reveal its intended recipient on-screen, Tom, aged nine, whose family’s gifts are departing from gate nine.

This leads to a blockbuster-style chase across the distribution centre in which the elf pulls out all the stops to ensure the robotic puppy makes it to Tom in time for Christmas.

Gary Kibble, Marketing Director at Argos, said: “We love this edge-of-your-seat, high-energy Christmas campaign, which aims to surprise and delight across all channels – showcasing Argos’s Fast Track delivery commitment to getting customers what they want, how and when they want it, faster than anyone else.

“Over the Christmas period our teams will deliver 1.7 million items to customers’ homes and process 27 million in-store transactions, and the go-getting elf in the story reflects our hard-working and dedicated colleagues who often go the extra mile to make Christmas happen for our customers.

“We hope our super-swift, stop-at-nothing Argos Christmas elves help us once again to break the traditional retailer advertising mould by adding some excitement, energy and above all speed to the nation’s Christmases this year.”

Yan Elliott, Joint Executive Creative Director at CHI&Partners, said: “Argos is ‘Ready for Take-Off’ this Christmas, and we wanted a thrillingly fast-paced campaign that would really bring to life the lengths Argos will go to make Christmas special for families across the country, in the fastest way possible. We and AllTogetherNow are particularly proud to help make Argos the first UK retailer to personalise its Christmas advert across both TV and social media – and we can’t wait to see Argos fans everywhere become part of the action.”

The Argos ‘Ready For Take-Off’ advert forms part of a 360° campaign extravaganza spanning TV, digital, print and in-store and social media activity.  Media buying was through PHD, PR through Hope & Glory and point-of-sale and digital display through PSONA.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

MEDIA CONTACT

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 0207 695 7295.

Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® announce special military discount from November 4-11

Retailer Celebrates Military Families Nationwide with Special In-Store Savings, Partnership with Select Naval Exchange Stores and More

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Nov-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Each year the nation pauses to thank our country’s Military members for the numerous sacrifices they and their loved ones make throughout the year. While there are no words or dollars that can make up for the time away, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us®, is announcing today a special military discount – as a way to demonstrate our appreciation for our country’s service men and women. Customers with a valid Military identification card will receive 15% off in-store purchases* from Saturday, November 4 through Saturday, November 11.

All military personnel – active, retirees, reservists and dependents – can get a head start holiday shopping and enjoy this sale to check-off those must-have hot toys for the little ones in their life. Forgot to print the emailed coupon? No worries, stores will have coupons available at check-out for qualifying customers to redeem.

“As a former Marine, I understand and appreciate what it means to serve your country, as do the hundreds of veterans who work for our company,” said Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President, U.S. Marketplace Operations, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us. “This is a great opportunity for us to do a little something extra to support and show our deep gratitude to the millions of military members (current and retired) and their children, particularly during a time of year where we are all so focused on families.”

Each year, Toys“R”Us hires thousands of U.S. veterans, while also supporting our team members who have been deployed overseas or domestically. To make it even easier for men and women in uniform to shop with us, Toys“R”Us recently launched a test with the Naval Exchange Stores (Nexcom) to stock shelves with toys from our exclusive science education product line, at locations in Virginia, Hawaii and California. Military stationed at Fort Bliss Military base in El Paso, Texas also have a Toys“R”Us express store located on the base.

For the past 14 years, Toys“R”Us has also been the number one corporate partner for the Marine Corps Foundation’s Toys for Tots program. Each holiday season, the Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to children in need in local communities around the country.

On Saturday, November 11, all Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores (excluding express and outlet stores) will host a National Veteran’s Appreciation Day in-store event from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (local time). Geoffrey the Giraffe will be available to take photos with kids of all ages, there will be themed coloring sheets and more.

To learn more, visit the company’s blog, No Assembly Required and follow @ToysrusNews.

*Valid thru 11/11/17. Offer available in-store only. Offer includes active Military personnel, retirees, reservists and dependents with Military ID. Excludes baby food, diapers, formula, wipes, Gift Cards, Red Hot Deal & Hot Price items, Adidas Apparel, American Girl, Anki Cozmo, Aristotle, Baby Jogger, Baby K’Tan, Beaba, BOB, Boba, Boppy Bare Naked Pillow, Bugaboo, Build-A-Bear, Casio, Claire’s, Clek, Converse Clothing & Shoes, Cybex, Diono, Ergobaby, Halo Bassinest, LEGO construction sets, Lillebaby, Maclaren, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), Nike Apparel, Nintendo Switch accessories, Nintendo Switch software, Owlet, Peg Pérego, Quinny, Sphero, Stokke, The Elf on the Shelf, Thule, Ugg Shoes, electronic learning hardware, laptops, netbooks, tablets, video games, video game hardware, video game pre-orders, Apple iPad & iPod, SquareTrade Protection Plans, phone orders, Special Orders, all fees, and shipping. One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other “R”Us total transaction offer or on prior purchases. Must be surrendered at time of purchase. Value is forfeited if item is returned. Coupon prorated among eligible items purchased. Only original coupons accepted. Void where prohibited. Valid USA only. Cash value 1/100 of 1¢.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

MEDIA CONTACT

1(973) 617-5900
press@toysrus.com

IKEA launches new in-store play experiences and events; 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales to benefit Save the Children

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new global Play Report, released today (November 2, 2017) by IKEA, finds that people around the world believe play is undervalued in modern day life. That’s why IKEA and the IKEA Foundation are putting play at the heart of this year’s Let’s Play for Change campaign and encouraging everyone to play more for a better everyday life. IKEA stores around the world will launch new in-store play experiences and events starting this fall*. Additionally, IKEA and IKEA Foundation will support important children’s efforts around the world. The IKEA Foundation will provide a grant to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child. In the U.S., 100% of the proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection will be donated to Save the Children for their U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Building a Global Movement Around Play: IKEA Foundation Supports Children’s Right to Play Around the World

This is the second year of the IKEA Let’s Play for Change campaign – a good cause campaign supporting children’s right to play. The IKEA Foundation realizes that many children around the world lack safe spaces to play and develop. By granting $53 (Є45) million to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child, the IKEA Foundation wants to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children play safely and develop to their full potential.

“Every child has the right to play. Stimulation through play is a critical part of a young child’s brain development and emotional wellbeing,” said Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation. “Sadly, there are too many places around the world where devastating circumstances prevent children from simply being ‘kids’. Through the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we want to alleviate challenges to play and development in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, while helping build a global movement around play.”

Playing with Purpose: In the U.S., Every SAGOSKATT Soft Toy Purchase will Support Save the Children’s U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts

U.S. consumers who want to get involved in the campaign and make a direct impact in children’s lives can do so with every purchase from the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection* – a series of wonderfully imaginative plush toys designed by kids for kids. As part of the Let’s Play for Change campaign, 100% of IKEA U.S. proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT collection will be donated to Save the Children. Specifically, proceeds will go toward Save the Children’s hurricane relief efforts in areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Funds will be used to help children and their families rebound and build their resilience following these natural disasters and will support child care centers and early education programs in their rebuilding efforts to enable them to support affected communities.

“Save the Children is very grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales from IKEA stores across the United States,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. “We have been working to meet the unique needs of children in times of emergency and crisis for nearly 100 years, and we understand how important it is for children to have the chance to play when disaster strikes. We applaud IKEA for its commitment to promoting play for all children – here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Playing at IKEA: IKEA Stores to Host In-Store Play Experiences and Global Play Date

To celebrate the importance of play in our everyday lives, IKEA is incorporating playful experiences at stores worldwide** through interactive games and activities throughout stores during the Let’s Play for Change campaign. These play experiences will be available at all IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017.

Additionally, on November 20, 2017 – in honor of Universal Children’s Day and children’s right to play – IKEA stores around the world will host a global play date, inviting everyone to enjoy a variety of in-store activities, games and offerings geared towards the most important people in the world: children. IKEA U.S. stores will offer 50% off all soft toys*** – including the 2017 SAGOSKATT collection – from November 18 to 20, 2017.

Not Just for Kids: New IKEA 2017 Play Report Underscores Importance of Play for Adults, Too

The IKEA 2017 Play Report, released today, focuses on the universal benefits of play for both adults and children, as well as the major barriers that prevent many adults from playing at all. The Play Report also uncovered key trends shaping the future of play, which IKEA hopes will inform new products and solutions for more playful, joyful lives. Among several key trends identified are:

•Return to Retro: As technology becomes more pervasive, people rebel by turning to and celebrating nostalgic games from their childhood. From old board games to the Game Boy, there is a desire to keep play simple.•Multi-Sensory Play: The rise of more immersive and intense experiences that engage multiple senses at once.•Blurring of Boundaries: As lives become increasingly fast-paced, play will begin to enter all aspects of people’s lives. From the workplace to the gym, people will look to play in traditionally non-playful spaces.“At IKEA, we know good things happen if everyone – children and adults alike! – said ‘yes’ to playing a bit more. Play fuels our development, makes us more creative, teaches us to work together and sparks curiosity,” said Maria Thörn, Range Manager, IKEA of Sweden. “Our research has strengthened our belief that play is critical for a better everyday life at home. Now, we’re applying our findings to help enable more playful everyday lives.”

For consumers: To learn more about the IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ Campaign, U.S. consumers can visit http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/people-and-communities/#good-cause-campaign

For press: To view or download press materials, including the full IKEA Play Report 2017, the SAGOSKATT press kit and other Let’s Play for Change assets, please visit: INSERT LINK. To learn more about the beneficiary partners of Let’s Play for Change campaign, and how the campaign’s funds will be used to support children’s right to play, please visit https://www.ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/lets-play/

DISCLAIMERS:
*SAGOSKATT will not be available at new IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores opening this fall/winter.

**Timing of play experiences varies by country. Play experiences will be available at IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017. Note: New IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores will not have in-store play experiences. To learn about the availability of in-store play activities in other countries, contact local IKEA stores.

***While supplies last.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 45 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.Learn more at http://www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About Save the ChildrenSave the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a health start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Contact:

Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

Macy’s launches its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish

Macy’s launches its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish

 

The signature Santa letter writing program returns to Macy’s stores and macys.com this season, as the campaign continues to inspire us all to believe

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning tomorrow, Macy’s will ring in the holiday season with its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish, marking a decade of work inspired by the tangible impact of love and generosity. To take part in this year’s anniversary campaign, believers of all ages are invited to visit their local Macy’s store where they can drop their letters to Santa into the red letterboxes or submit a letter online at macys.com/believe. For each letter collected in-store and online from Nov. 3 through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Since the launch of Believe in 2008, Macy’s has donated more than $15 million to Make-A-Wish through this annual campaign, and helped to grant thousands of wishes. The impact of wish fulfillments is undeniable and widespread – not only do they increase hope and happiness for wish kids, but their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals and entire communities are transformed by the experience.

“We couldn’t imagine the overwhelming response the Believe campaign would inspire when we introduced it 10 years ago,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “We have collected millions of letters throughout the years – each one representing an individual who was moved by the message of hope, love and generosity. The result has been the creation of a holiday tradition for families across the country, and ultimately, wish fulfillments that deliver joy and hope to the most amazing children. Macy’s is incredibly proud to play a part in that magic.”

“We could not be more grateful to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Believe campaign with Macy’s,” said David Williams, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish America. “Thanks to the generosity of Macy’s and its customers, thousands of wishes have been granted and lives have been transformed. Research shows that having a wish granted can positively impact a child’s medical journey and that’s something everyone who writes a letter to Santa online or at their local Macy’s can be a part of this holiday season.”

Virginia’s Story

The heart of the Believe campaign is the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon – an 8-year-old child who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The response from the paper’s editor, Francis P. Church, became an iconic piece of journalistic history. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” Church wrote. “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.” Nearly 120 years after Church’s imaginative reply was published, his words continue to remind us that love and kindness can have a tangible impact on the lives of others, if we only believe in their power and rally to their cause.

Fans of the story that inspired Believe can also learn more by tuning in to watch the “Yes, Virginia” animated film, available online at youtube.com/macys. The award-winning, half-hour holiday special features former wish child Taylor Hay, who had her own wish granted when her voice was captured for one of the film’s characters, alongside an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Beatrice Miller in the title role.

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit macys.com/believe.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 300,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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Ben & Jerry’s unveils its first Special Stash flavor Marshmallow Moon with Jimmy Fallon

Ben & Jerry’s unveils its first Special Stash flavor Marshmallow Moon with Jimmy Fallon

 

Tonight Show Star’s Exclusive, Extremely Limited Time Flavor Kicks off Ben & Jerry’s Special Stash E-Commerce Offering; Benefits SeriousFun Children’s Network

Burlington, VT, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had a special treat for lucky fans in Studio 6B last night: they were the very first ones to get their hands on Jimmy’s latest Ben & Jerry’s flavor. The new concoction, Marshmallow Moon, is a vanilla ice cream with marshmallow and graham cracker swirls and fudge flakes and is available only for an extremely limited time on Ben & Jerry’s e-commerce store and participating Scoop Shops. This flavor kicks off Ben & Jerry’s Special Stash offering, where the ice cream maker will churn out small-run artisan batches of funky flavors available in Scoop Shops and store.benjerry.com for fans to purchase for a limited time only.

The Marshmallow Moon flavor was developed over two years ago and almost netted the position in place of Fallon’s current full-time flavor, Tonight Dough. Tonight Dough has earned a spot as one of Ben & Jerry’s top ten flavors ever since its release. Like Tonight Dough, all of Fallon’s proceeds from every Marshmallow Moon pint sold will benefit the SeriousFun Children’s Network – an organization committed to providing children living with serious illnesses with life-changing camp experiences, in the safest and most supportive environment and with the highest-quality medical care. Proceeds from Tonight Dough have raised more than $1.2 million dollars for SeriousFun, supporting programs that have a lasting impact on the lives of children with serious illnesses and their family members around the world, totally free of charge.

“I’m so excited about Marshmallow Moon,” Fallon said. “And the name totally makes sense, because the Tonight Show logo has a moon, and I have a body like a marshmallow.”

While the host poked fun at himself, SeriousFun Children’s Network CEO Blake Maher reiterated the importance of the relationship in a Fallon-friendly format, a thank you note: “Thank you Ben & Jerry’s and Jimmy Fallon for helping us serve up two big scoops of camp magic to kids living with serious illnesses all around the world. Your support in raising both funds and awareness is essential to providing truly transformative camp experiences to children who need them most.”

Ben & Jerry’s is excited to unlock the vault with the first of its Special Stash flavors. Fans can purchase Marshmallow Moon and future Special Stash offerings online at store.benjerry.com and at participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops. Fans can also request Marshmallow Moon via delivery services including UberEATS, who will be offering free delivery for the flavor in five cities during the launch week including Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Memphis, New York City and Hoboken. These small batches are made in an extremely limited number and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

For more information about The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, SeriousFun Children’s Network, or Ben & Jerry’s follow the links below:

SeriousFun Children’s Network: http://seriousfunnetwork.org/

The Tonight Show: http://tonightshow.com/

Ben & Jerry’s: www.benjerry.com/

About the Tonight Show
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” made its debut from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center on Feb. 17, 2014. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon brings a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches. An American television institution for over 60 years, “The Tonight Show” continues to home to big-name celebrity guests and a stage for top musical and comedic talent. Taking a cue from predecessors, including hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Fallon carries on the tradition audiences know and love. Known for his huge online presence, Fallon also brings along many popular segments, celeb sketches and musical parodies including Hashtags, Thank You Notes and Slow Jam the News. The critically praised Grammy-winning group The Roots serves as “The Tonight Show” house band. From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Gerard Bradford, Mike DiCenzo and Katie Hockmeyer. It tapes before a live studio audience.

About SeriousFun Children’s Network
SeriousFun Children’s Network is a global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. Founded by Paul Newman, SeriousFun has served more than 864,000 children and their family members from more than 50 countries since the first camp opened in 1988. Each member camp is an independent, not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children at no cost to their families. To learn more about SeriousFun, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.

About Ben & Jerry’s
As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2015 the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully source Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2016 to support grassroots organizing for social and environmental justice around the country.

For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com.

Press Contact:

Sean Greenwood
Ben & Jerry’s
Cell: (802) 233.0840
Sean.Greenwood@benjerry.com

Emily Walsh/Nina Kiersted
Sunshine Sachs for Serious Fun
212-691-2800
Walsh@sunshinesachs.com

Source: Ben & Jerry’s

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Big Lots Give Big for Kids fall fundraising campaign raised $3.1 million dollars for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Columbus, Ohio, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots announced today  (November 1, 2017) the completion of the company’s fourth Give Big for Kids point-of-sale fundraising campaign benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The four-and-a-half-week campaign collected donation in all 1,426 Big Lots stores, raising an impressive $3.1 million dollars.

“Raising more than 3 million dollars during our fall campaign shows just how much our customers and associates care about helping kids all over the country,” said David Campisi, President and CEO of Big Lots. “One hundred percent of those dollars go directly to important research and life-saving care.”

Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system, delivering world-class care for more than 1.4 million patient visits each year. The hospital treats children all over the world and from across the nation, providing more than $114 million in charity care and community benefit services each year. Doctors and researchers are revolutionizing children’s healthcare and research at Nationwide Children’s.

“Big Lots, the Big Lots Foundation and their customers and associates continue to show their immense generosity and compassion for the patients and families we treat and on behalf of everyone at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we could not be more grateful,” said Steve Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children’s. “Big Lots is helping us fulfill our vision of delivering the best healthcare for children, as well as having a lasting impact on the long-term health of the children we treat across the globe.”

In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to construct the largest behavioral health treatment and research center of it’s kind dedicated to children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus in the U.S. This specific type of commitment by Big Lots represents the single largest corporate financial gift to support pediatric behavioral health. Slated to open in 2020, the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will be a 386,000 square-foot treatment and research pavilion that will care for children and teens with mental illness and behavioral health challenges. It will also house behavioral health researchers and will foster collaboration between community partners.

To learn more about Nationwide Children’s Hospital, visit Nationwidchildrens.org.

About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a community retailer operating 1,426 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states, dedicated to friendly service, trustworthy value, and affordable solutions in every season and category – furniture, food, décor, and more. We exist to serve everyone like family, providing a better shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing,
healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’ largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Andrew Regrut
(614) 278-6622
Investor_relations@biglots.com

Source: Big Lots, Inc.

Central Valley Farm Land Trust continues its Kids to Farm program in partnership with Raley’s

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Central Valley Farm Land Trust (CVFT) is excited to announce the continuation of our pilot program, Kids to Farm.  Although we are surrounded by farmland, most students have no understanding of how their food grows.  In partnership with Raley’s, and with assistance from California Ag in the Classroom and Steamboat Acres organic farm, CVFT is working to close this learning gap.

“Helping kids understand and appreciate where their food comes from is important for the future of our food supply.  Our goal is to educate children about agriculture, to help them gain an appreciation for the precious, limited land resources we have in the Central Valley,” said Charlotte Mitchell, CVFT Executive Director. “We plan to do many more tours and in more locations in 2018.”

Most recently, as a part of the pilot program, fifty 4th graders from Lodi Unified School District attended field trips on October 17 and 18 visiting a working farm. The field trips kick off at Steamboat Acres organic farm in Courtland, with an educational tour led by farmers Michael and Tara Neuharth.  On their tour, students discovered the differences between conventional and organic farming, how male and female flowers and pollination work, the importance of soil care and crop rotation, and how long it takes to grow pears versus pumpkins. The tour culminated at a local Raley’s grocery store where managers showed students how produce is delivered to the store, is organized, and then readied for purchase. The students finished off with a nutritious lunch provided by Raley’s – bringing the farm to fork concept full circle for them.

Part of the mission of the Central Valley Farmland Trust is to educate the next generation about where their food comes from so they more intimately understand the preciousness of the farmland that grows it – and the necessity to protect it.

“Raley’s is committed to growing the next generation of healthy eaters and in that vein, we need farmers who are focused on sustaining our farm land,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager & Executive Director, Food for Families. “Our partnership with Central Valley Farmland Trust allows us to show youth how their food is grown and at the same time, emphasize the importance of preserving agricultural lands.  It’s a great combination of nutrition education, sustainability education and workforce development.”

Students and teachers alike appreciate the access to a high-quality learning environment, “This was a great trip for my class. Our kids could see and touch their food growing in the field and then come to the store where they can buy it and take it home – it was awesome!” said an attending 4th grade teacher.

The next field trips will be held November 1 and 2, 2017, at Steamboat Acres in Courtland. Media interested in attending may contact CVFT for more information.  We invite you to come see for yourself the light in these kids eyes as they learn about their food, touch and taste on the farm, and make the full circle connection at the grocery store.

For more information, please contact:
Melanee Cottrill
mcottrill@valleyfarmland.org
(916) 667-2217

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

New World’s Little Garden campaign raised $150,000 for the Starship Foundation

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World’s Little Garden campaign ended on October 15 and Foodstuffs NZ’s Brand & Sponsorship Manager Jen Mariu says it was a great success.

“We’re very pleased to say that customers who chose to donate $1 in return for the Little Garden Starflower (Borage) seedling have helped us to raise $150,000 for the Starship Foundation. This funding will make a real difference to families from across the country who use the services provided by New Zealand’s national children’s hospital.

“Last year we raised more than $50,000 for Starship through Little Garden so we’re excited to have tripled our donation this year.”

New World is a five-star partner of the Starship Foundation. One of the projects that New World supports through this sponsorship is Starship’s National Feeding Clinic.

It was launched as a pilot programme in May 2016 and is now in its second year. It helps children who have severe allergies, food aversions or medical complications that affect their ability to eat to learn to love food.

The Feeding Clinic brings together an expert team of psychologists, nutritionists, and speech and language therapists who work together to assess children with feeding difficulties.

In 2015, New World helped fund the Tube Weaning pilot programme at Starship, which was designed to help children who had been tube-fed to learn to eat and enjoy food on their own. Some of these children are now benefitting from the Feeding Clinic programme.

Occasionally, children develop a severe aversion to eating solid food, despite never having been tube-fed.

One such child is 3 year-old Luca, who has lived on a supplement for most of his life.
“He didn’t start on solid food at six months as he should have,” his mother Annie says. “I knew something was wrong and did my own research – that was how I found the team at the Starship Feeding Clinic.”

Luca was diagnosed with ARFID – Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
“Sometimes ARFID can come about because of a trauma – for example if a child has been tube fed. In Luca’s case, it could be because he had tonsillitis twice in his first six months, and was given oral antibiotics. For a sensitive child, it was very traumatic. He had a lot of pain in swallowing, and I think he has related that to food and this coupled with a sensory processing disorder, it all spiralled from there,” Annie says.

“I thought there were only two or three other children in New Zealand with ARFID, but I started a Facebook group for parents and there are more than 100 members now.

“The programme at Starship is so amazing. There are so few places that are doing this, or understand what ARFID is. The people that run the programme are so understanding and so kind. It really affirmed that we’d done the right thing,” Annie says.

“After our third session at the clinic Luca’s fear and anxiety reduced and he began to react more positively when presented with food” .”

Luca has a long way to go yet, but his parents are confident he’s on the right track.
“The next step is, we go home and put the skills we’ve learned in therapy into practice. We’ll be back to do another fairly intensive week here, in a couple of months’ time.”

Brad Clark, Starship Foundation Chief Executive thanked New World and its customers for their generous contribution to Starship: “We love the way this campaign engages and inspires children and we are truly grateful for the financial contribution that enables us to continue providing this important Starship service for young patients like Luca and so many families across New Zealand” he said.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Shop Direct raised £440,000 for Claire House’s new site in Liverpool

Liverpool,UK, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Direct has raised £440,000 in just 12 months to digitally equip Claire House’s new site, which will support hundreds of seriously and terminally ill children in Liverpool and the wider North West.

In September 2016, the 4,700-strong team at Shop Direct voted for Claire House Children’s Hospice as its charitable partner of the year for 2016/17. The charity helps seriously ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing a sense of normality to family life.

Since then, colleagues across the etail giant’s sites in Liverpool and Manchester have undertaken a variety of fundraising activities including a charity ball for over 1,000 people, mountain climbing, fun days, worldwide marathons, skydiving, cycling and a digital dog show.

Shop Direct has also worked with Claire House to form a new innovation board, which is helping the charity to define what a world class digital hospice is and deliver the plans, which will create a lasting legacy for the North West.

The corporate partnership, which is Claire House’s biggest to date, has helped the charity put in place futureproof digital infrastructure like cabling, Wi-Fi and server technology at its new site located in the West Derby area of Liverpool. In addition, Claire House is modernising paper-based systems so its teams can deliver a more personalised service while caring for children in their own homes, as well as at the site.

The team at Shop Direct is also helping to fund and design an interactive multi-media suite for use by the children and families who visit the centre. It will include cutting-edge technology and innovative sensory treatments.

Alex Baldock, group CEO at Shop Direct, said: “We’re passionate about the North West and helping our local communities, but even we were blown away by the huge, huge difference Claire House makes in the lives of children and their families. It’s a charity that’s close to a lot of our colleagues’ hearts, and we were all delighted to support them.

“Everyone at Shop Direct has got behind Claire House in some style; raising more than we’ve ever raised before in a charity partnership and smashing our original £400,000 target. Our colleagues’ ambition and commitment has been inspirational; from the person who is completing seven marathons to the colleague who got a Claire House tattoo.

“We’re delighted that the money we’ve raised will help to transform the charity’s new site, making a massive difference to children and their families’ for years to come. We can’t wait for the next stage of our partnership, which will see us work together on a cutting-edge multimedia suite.”

David Pastor, Chief Executive at Claire House, commented: “Not only has this been Claire House’s largest corporate partnership, it’s been one of our most successful, with both organisations working closely together on a common goal; to support the children and families we care for.

“We’re so grateful to everyone at Shop Direct who have got behind our cause so wholeheartedly and really helped us kick start our journey to reaching every family that needs us.”

ABOUT CLAIRE HOUSE
Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support Claire House helps families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

Offering care whenever and wherever it’s needed, the hospice provides various therapies, day care, short breaks, counselling and end of life care. Claire House offers parents some desperately needed time off with the peace of mind that their children are being well looked after. The hospice provides someone to talk to and specialist counselling and family support. Families also get a chance to get to know each other and meet with other people going through similar experiences through days out, experiences and support groups.

www.clairehouse.org.uk
www.facebook.com/ClaireHouseCH
www.twitter.com/ClaireHouse
www.instagram.com/clairehouse

ABOUT SHOP DIRECT
Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay digital retailer, with annual sales of £1.93 billion. Our digital department store brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, VeryExclusive.co.uk and LittlewoodsIreland.ie. We receive an average of more than 1.3 million website visits every day, with 69% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading technology and data capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,800 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 6,500 stores across the country, increasing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Shop Direct
Dave Lafferty
dave.lafferty@shopdirect.com
07552 283 266

Source: Shopdirect

Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program to benefit 40 Schools; supports programs and activities for kids’ nutrition and wellness

Raley’s Extra Credit Fall Grantees Selected – Nearly 40 Schools in California & Nevada to Benefit.

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through their redesigned Extra Credit Grants Program, Raley’s will make a direct impact on youth nutrition and wellness education by sharing education grants in the communities they serve. Raley’s received a diverse set of proposals from local accredited K-12 schools and school districts– requests spanned from supporting the delivery of a complete food literacy curriculum to the purchase and installation of water filtration and bottle filling stations.

“At the heart of Raley’s philanthropic endeavors is community wellness and nutrition,” says Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager & Executive Director, Raley’s Food for Families. “Our Extra Credit program is committed to supporting our schools and school districts in their efforts to encourage healthy eating and strengthen nutrition education.”

After extensive review by Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program Committee, comprised of key Raley’s team members and community stakeholders, Raley’s is excited to grant nearly 40 grantees funding, supporting programs and activities that benefit kids’ nutrition and wellness.

Raley’s will be distributing nearly $300,000 to local schools this Fall. Some key areas of program focus for these grantees include:

  • Installation of water filtration and bottle refill stations
  • Gardening projects
  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Wellness/nutrition education
  • Food literacy programs
  • Healthy meals and snacking
  • Workforce development and career technical training

Raley’s Extra Credit Grants Program will be accepting applications again for the Spring 2018 cycle January 1, 2018. Accredited K-12 schools and school districts are encouraged to apply for grant funding to support programs that will help students in the areas of food literacy, healthy living, nutrition, agriculture, and food supply and origination. Schools and school districts that want to help Raley’s impact the health and wellness of our communities are encouraged to apply during the Spring 2018 funding cycle in January 2018.

Contact:
Chelsea Minor
Director of PR and Public Affairs
CMinor1@raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

SONIC® Drive-In completes its ninth annual Limeades for Learning® fall voting campaign

2017 Limeades for Learning (Photo: Business Wire)

Donation impacts 58,080 students in 288 cities across the country

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, completed its ninth annual Limeades for Learning® fall voting campaign on Sunday, Oct. 22. The campaign funded $1 million to 1,936 public school teacher projects over the four-week period. In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, this national award winning and consumer-driven cause campaign empowers guests to make a difference in public school classroom by allocating SONIC’s $1 million donation to teachers’ projects.

From Monday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 22, SONIC guests and fans told SONIC where to place its $1 million donation by voting at LimeadesforLearning.com for projects they wanted funded through Limeades for Learning. Throughout the voting period, projects with the most votes each week received funding. This year, the campaign impacted 978 teachers across 288 cities including San Antonio, Texas., Memphis, Tenn., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Fayetteville, N.C.

“Science can already be a difficult subject for students to comprehend – but without helpful tools and resources to create a hands-on lesson, it can be even more frustrating for students,” said Caitlin Cleary, kindergarten teacher for Naples Elementary School in Naples, Utah. “This was my first year participating in Limeades for Learning and I can already see the results from my project, ‘The Science of Literacy’. With the new materials, my students are drawing a deeper understanding from our lessons and are transforming into literary scientists that can explore text in new ways.”

Following this year’s Limeades for Learning fall voting campaign, SONIC has funded a total of $9.5 million for 17,895 classroom projects, impacting more than 536,850 students in 1,701 cities since the campaign’s inception in 2009.

“Since 2009, our partnership with SONIC’s Limeades for Learning has helped fulfill thousands of teacher projects, and nine years later, it continues to have a big impact in America’s classrooms,” says Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “Every year, SONIC has funded innovative projects that bring musical instruments, books, field trips, tablets and much more to public school students across the nation.”

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

About DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2.8 million people and partners have given $577 million to projects reaching 24 million students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit www.donorschoose.org to learn more.

SOURCE: SONIC

for SONIC Drive-In
Rebeka Mora, 512-542-2804
rebeka.mora@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Toys“R”Us® introduces Play Chaser its new, free-to-play, augmented reality (AR) app

Playtime Is On as The Company’s Free-to-Play AR App Rolls Out to Stores Nationwide 

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — From championing unstructured play for kids of all ages, to making its stores more than just a place to shop with Play Labs, Toys“R”Us® is continuing its mission to set play free with the introduction of Play Chaser, its new, free-to-play, augmented reality (AR) app. Following a 23 store test that saw thousands of kids racing monster trucks, peeking into a world of safari animals, playing virtual basketball and more at their local stores earlier this month, Play Chaser has now rolled out to all Toys“R”Us locations nationwide.

Toys“R”Us enlisted some of the brightest tech brains in the toy industry to develop the app: PlayFusion, the creators of Lightseekers (an action adventure role playing game that fuses together AR, physical trading cards, digital action figures). With the help of PlayFusion’s proprietary computer vision technology, the app activates different AR games and play experiences on the screen of a customer’s smartphone or tablet. With the app open, players use their devices to unlock experiences by scanning designated Play Chaser signage featured throughout Toys“R”Us.

“We know consumers want more than just a place to shop – they want experiences – and at Toys“R”Us, they want to play,” said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us®. “With Play Chaser, we’re transforming shopping into something beyond just the products we sell, bringing our stores to life with interactive, unique content that will resonate with customers and importantly the players – kids!”

The first scan point, a front-of-store sign featuring everyone’s favorite giraffe, activates a virtual Geoffrey who pops out of a toy box and welcomes kids to the store, then sends them off on their quest for play. The more than 10 interactive play experiences have something for every kid: fishing in a virtual pond, popping virtual balloons floating around the store or caring for a digital baby doll.

For more details, and to download video and images of Play Chaser in action, visit the company’s blog, No Assembly Required.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants.  For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

SOURCE: Geoffrey, LLC.

JCPenney adds LEGO building bricks and playsets in its toy shops just in time for the holidays

JCPenney adds LEGO building bricks and playsets in its toy shops just in time for the holidays

Retailer identifies the hottest gifts on Santa’s list, quadruples toy count at JCPenney.com

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The countdown to Christmas is on and JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is helping Santa check off the best gifts on his list, starting with childhood-favorite LEGO® toys. Beginning in November, JCPenney will offer LEGO building bricks and playsets in 875 toy shops inside JCPenney stores. In addition to popular sets such as LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Super Heroes, shoppers will find a wider selection of LEGO toys at JCPenney.com starting in December.

Since launching the toy shops earlier this year, the Company has expanded its in-store assortment with the hottest gifts of the season, adding 40 percent more toys, games and plushes from leading brands such as Disney®, Hasbro®, Mattel®, Playmobil®, Fisher Price® and Melissa and Doug®. Additionally, JCPenney has quadrupled its online selection of toys since last holiday, giving shoppers a greater selection of motorized ride-on vehicles, outdoor play equipment, bicycles, learning sets and more at JCPenney.com.

“By working with the best toy brands in the industry, JCPenney continues to differentiate itself from the competition, giving more families a reason to visit our stores and discover the amazing selection available at JCPenney.com,” said John Tighe, executive vice president and chief merchant for JCPenney. “The holidays are hands down the most important time of year for retailers as we compete for every dollar leading up to Christmas morning. By partnering with a toy icon like the LEGO brand, JCPenney is well-positioned to capture a greater share of revenue within the toy industry, during the busiest shopping period for gifts.”

Stacking Up with LEGO
LEGO building has inspired children’s imaginations for decades as its interlocking bricks encourage creativity, learning and development. This November, JCPenney customers will find nearly 30 different LEGO sets in stores, including LEGO Classic creative building boxes, LEGO City sets and LEGO Friends sets. Prices range from $4.99 to $69.99, including a LEGO City pizza van for $19.99, a LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set for $29.99 and a LEGO Friends summer pool scene for $39.99. An expanded selection of over 100 LEGO products will be available at JCPenney.com this December as enthusiasts of all ages search for new releases and pieces to add to their collections.

Must-Have Toys This Holiday
The toy shops inside JCPenney are packed with the must-have toys on every little one’s wish list. Appealing to a variety of ages and interests, shoppers will find family board games, character toys, baby dolls, arts and crafts, collectible surprise toys, vehicles, action figures and more featured in the latest holiday mailer that boasts eight pages dedicated to toys. On Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, shoppers will find great discounts on toys at an incredible value, so customers can add a few extra gifts to their shopping cart. In addition to LEGO sets, some of the must-have toys inside JCPenney stores this season include:

  • Hatchimals Surprise
  • L.O.L Surprise! and Big Surprise
  • Star Wars Extendable Light Saber
  • My Little Pony Styling Head
  • JoJo Siwa Singing Doll
  • Pie Face Sky High! Game
  • NERF Mega Twinshock
  • Fashionista Barbie
  • Hotwheels Cars and Monster Trucks
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Action Figures
  • Playmobil School Bus
  • Play-Doh Drill ‘N Fill

Even More to Discover at JCPenney.com
JCPenney.com now boasts four times more toys than last holiday season with additional brands and categories planned throughout December. Based on customer feedback, the Company has expanded its assortment of toys for all ages, including motorized ride-on vehicles, bicycles, scooters, sporting goods, outdoor trampolines, costumes, electronic learning toys, arts and crafts, swing sets and video games. As science, technology, engineering and math tools continue to evolve in schools, JCPenney has also increased the number of toys designed to help kids combine STEM principles with interactive play. Check out some of the biggest gifts at JCPenney.com:

For product images, please visit: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2017/1030_lego_holiday_toys.html.

LEGO, its logo, the Minifigure and the brick & knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Used with permission.

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Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements and Company information.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of over 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

SOURCE:  J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

7‑Eleven has all the treats for the whole family this Halloween

Trick or Treat, Slurpee® is Sweet 7‑Eleven® Has Something Good to Eat

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. has treats for the whole family this Halloween – creepy candy for the kids, monstrously good deals on whole pizzas for parents, and ghostly Slurpee®drinks for everyone. Along with the pizza, candy and Slurpee drinks that everyone can enjoy, 7‑Eleven® stores have hundreds of other meal-time, and treat-time, options.

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year making that night even more hectic.  While squeezing in decorating, dressing up, trick-or-treating and handing out candy to neighborhood ghouls, ghosts and goblins, 7‑Eleven is here to make dinner prep not a trick, but a treat.

With October being National Pizza Month, and Halloween one of the top pizza-selling days of the entire year,7‑Eleven stores make dinner easy – and affordable – with $5 deals on whole pizzas. Available in cheese, pepperoni and Extreme Meat, these oven-baked fast and ready-in-3-minutes pizzas go great with healthy, cut fruit or fresh-made green salads – these sides are especially important before the bag full of candy that’s coming later. Choose from Caesar, Chef, Garden, Mediterranean and more. Salad selection varies by store.

The featured Slurpee flavor is Ghost White Gummi with the supernatural sweetness of pineapple and a ghostly white color. It goes great when layered with the deep orange-colored Airheads Mango Chili Slurpee Lite® flavor. The refreshing mango flavor in the sugar-free Slurpee drink is followed by the sweet heat of chili. Both Slurpee flavors also come in an exclusive candy form – 7-Select® Ghost White Gummi Bears and limited-edition Mango Chili Airheads candy.

The best way to enjoy an orange and white Halloween Slurpee drink is with a special Halloween straw. This year’s scare-the-slurp-out-of-you straws feature Oscar the Airheads mascot with batwings or vampire teeth. Suggested retail price is just 99 cents.

“Halloween is a frightfully fun holiday, and 7‑Eleven wants to play along with treats for kids, as well as ways to make the holiday easier for mom and dad,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “Not surprisingly, a holiday dressing up and eating candy is especially popular with kids, teens and young adults – the ages of some of our most frequent shoppers. Ghost white Slurpee drinks, gummi bears and other Halloween treats will give them one more reason to stop by 7‑Eleven.”

While Halloween certainly conjures up images of costumes, cobwebs and jack-o-lanterns, the holiday is still all about the candy. In the U.S., 95 percent of those celebrating will buy candy as part of the festivities… and probably eat a fair amount before the big day.

7‑Eleven stores have plenty of spooky sweet Halloween treats to enjoy right now or on Oct. 31. In addition to perennial favorites like candy corn and pumpkins, mummies and daddies can surprise their adorable little monsters with over-sized marshmallow lollipops featuring Frankenstein and mummy characters, along with colorful Dia de los Muertos folk-style skulls.

Jelly kabobs with bats, pumpkins and ghosts on skewers, while Blue Raspberry Mummy Ooze and Cherry Vampire Blood squeeze candy appeal to those looking for a creepier, messier experience. And keep an eye out for the bloodshot 7-Select Gummi Eyeballs.

Participating stores also have festive Halloween cookies including frosted sugar cookies in monster green and witches’ purple with sprinkles, as well as decorated pumpkin and sugar skull cookies. These are great to pick up on the way to office, school and neighborhood Halloween parties.

It wouldn’t be Halloween, or fall, without pumpkins, specifically pumpkin spice, and 7‑Eleven has that covered as well with pumpkin spice filled muffins, cake donuts, coffee, latte and even flavored coffee creamer. Not surprisingly, pumpkin spice is the top seasonal flavor in bakery and hot beverages at 7‑Eleven stores. We also expect our limited time pumpkin spice 7-Select Iced Cappuccino to become a favorite for those looking for a cold coffee beverage. Seasonal items are available at participating stores for a limited time.

Product selection varies at stores across the country, with some carrying costumes and accessories while others have stocked a selection of Halloween horror movies.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.

Corporate Communications

media@7-11.com

SOURCE: 7‑Eleven Inc.

CVS Health and Northside Center to expand mental health clinics in public and charter schools across New York City

CVS Health and Northside Center to expand mental health clinics in public and charter schools across New York City

 

NEW YORK, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Councilperson Corey Johnson and Northside Center for Child Development, today (Oct. 25, 2017) announced a new partnership with CVS Health to expand mental health clinics in public and charter schools across New York City. With a $200,000 corporate grant from CVS Health, the new partnership announced at P.S. 161 in Harlem one of several schools where the Northside Center operates satellite mental health clinics licensed by the Office of Mental Health will infuse $50,000 annually to expand the mental health clinics’ footprint and serve more children in New York Cityover the next four years.

Since 2010, Northside Center has operated mental health clinics in Harlem and the Bronx, currently serving over 300 students in 11 schools. By bringing these clinics directly into school environments, it allows Northside to meet students where they are, and more effectively serve children with a variety of emotional and mental health issues.

“We are incredibly grateful to partner with, and have the support of, an organization like CVS Health, who has made it their mission to provide individuals with the resources, access to treatment, and medicine they need,” said Dr. Thelma Dye, Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director and CEO of Northside Center. “This partnership and funding allows us to continue to sustain and expand our mental health satellite clinics in New York City schools, giving us the opportunity to provide counseling and therapy for children from underserved communities, who may otherwise not get the treatment they need.”

The partnership will help build upon Northside Center’s demonstrated record of success in improving mental health and academic outcomes for children living in the city’s most underserved communities. To date, the program has successfully reduced “no-show” rates to therapy sessions from 30 percent to less than 10 percent.

“Northside Center’s historic commitment to New York City’s children is unparalleled, and we are proud to support their life changing work,” said David M. Denton, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, for CVS Health. “These clinics serve students who need the most help, but often have the least access to critical mental health services. We look forward to continuing to work with Northside Center and city officials to expand quality and affordable health care so more children living in poverty can lead healthy and fulfilling lives.”

Northside currently operates 11 mental health clinics in public and charter schools in Harlem and the Bronx.

Northside Center and CVS Health most recently partnered in May 2016 to host a health fair in East Harlem, which featured information from community health providers, free health screenings and services, along with gift giveaways.

About the Northside Center

Northside Center for Child Development is a non-profit organization that provides early childhood education, behavioral health, and enrichment services to low-income children and families across the New York City for over 70 years. Northside was founded by pioneering psychologists Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Clark. The Clarks’ groundbreaking research, including the black-white doll studies, were critical to the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which legally ended the segregation of public schools. Today, Northside Center provides children and families the support they need to overcome adversity and thrive. Their high-quality outcome-driven behavioral, mental health and education services propel struggling children away from the ill-effects of poverty and racism; toward a future limited only by the scope of their dreams.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Contacts:
Jeff Holmes
860-575-6870
jholmes@skdknick.com

Joe Goode
401-770-9820
joseph.goode@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

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Costa Foundation marks its 10th year anniversary with update on the development of a new school project in Zambia

LONDON, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Costa Foundation has announced the development of a new school project in Zambia. The country will be the 10th to benefit from investment, as the Costa Foundation enters its 10th year since its launch in 2007.

The news comes as part of an ambitious expansion programme set out by the Costa Foundation. The charity will aim to raise £20m and complete their 100th school by 2021, building on the nearly 30,000 school places which have been created by the Costa Foundation to date.

The first phase of the Kasama school in Zambia will open early next year accepting 200 children. Collaborating with a group of donors, the school will boast classrooms, science and IT labs, a kitchen and boarding facilities, and run off renewable energy. It will grow year on year and aim to accommodate up to 1000 pupils.

Kasama in the Northern Province was chosen by the Costa Foundation’s implementing partner PEAS, Promoting Equality in African Schools. Secondary school enrollment is low in the province, the area is under resourced and the quality of education is poor. There are only 10 secondary schools for 15,000 secondary school pupils in Kasama, leading to a sharp drop in enrollment between the end of primary and entry to secondary school. The school will support children in the surrounding area to access secondary school, and is also supporting the local community by providing job opportunities during construction and once the school is open.

The Costa Foundation’s mission is to improve the life chances of boys and girls in coffee growing communities by providing them with access to a safe, quality education. Since its launch in 2007 it has supported 75 school projects across nine countries – building or extending school buildings and providing essential facilities and equipment, including connecting water supplies, and supplying computers.

In Ethiopia, where the Foundation has built 17 schools and invested in several other school projects, the Foundation’s work is having a clear impact. 300 students from Costa Foundation schools have moved onto higher education, and extra curricular clubs and health education has helped kickstart a substantial drop in the HIV rate in some communities.

Ayana Ware studied at one of the very first Costa Foundation schools in rural Ehtiopia. After going on to complete a degree in civic education, he has returned to teach in his home town and said:

“If Dimtu high school [local Costa Foundation school] hadn’t been built, my chance would have been blocked and I would remain home as a traditional farmer. It served as a bridge to achieve my ambition. In 2016 I’ve graduated with a degree, and returning to my high school as a teacher makes me feel great and special.

The more you help to educate people the less poor they will be. Thank you very much.”

Sandy Gourlay, Charity & Community Manager, Costa Coffee, said:

“The Costa Foundation set out to help those people in the wider coffee community who do not have access to a decent education. In just 10 years it has achieved remarkable successes, directly impacting thousands of lives for the better.

Costa aim to make a meaningful contribution to the communities we serve and we are committed to supporting the Costa Foundation deliver on its mission to improve the life chances of boys and girls in coffee farming communities by providing the opportunity for a safe, quality education. The entire Costa team are incredibly excited to support the Costa Foundation in Zambia, and with the ambition to bring this model of school investment to as many people as possible.”

Notes to Editors

  • 1.The Costa Foundation currently funds school projects in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Uganda. For further information about the Costa Foundation or to read more case studies, please visit www.costafoundation.com.
  • 2.Costa raises funds through a range of channels including merchandise and confectionary sales, and a variety of in store team member fundraising initiatives. Last year, employees in the UK alone raised £453,000 to support the Foundation’s work.

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 30 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 75 schools and school projects and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

www.costa.co.uk

Source: Costa  Coffee

Colruyt Group: Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby open brand-new joint location in Mol

Colruyt Group: Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby open brand-new joint location in Mol

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 25 October, Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby open the doors of a brand-new joint location in Mol. The former Center Shop made way for a new construction big enough for the three Colruyt Group stores and good for about thirty jobs. On Tuesday 24 October, all neighbours are welcome for a drink, a snack and a guided tour at the opening reception between 6 and 8 pm.

Advantages of joint location
By putting up different store formats on the same location, Colruyt Group wants to work even more efficiently and cost-consciously. The group wants to stimulate synergy between the stores that have a lot in common despite their different product ranges. The retailer uses the so-called combi-sites to make the lives of its customers easier by meeting their different needs. The combination of Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby opens on the same location for the first time. Colruyt Group already opened another combi-site earlier in Namur (2016 – Colruyt, DreamLand, Dreambaby and Colruyt Group Academy) and in Charleroi (August 2017 – Bio-Planet and Dreambaby).

Low-energy store for Bio-Planet
For Bio-Planet it is the 27th store in Belgium and the 2nd in the Kempen, after Turnhout. Bio-Planet offers a complete supermarket supply with a little extra. It guarantees a carefully selected organic, ecological and healthy range of products. On a store surface of 650 m², customers can find a unique supply of more than 6,000 products among which quite a lot of gluten- and lactose-free references and more than 500 flavours in the fresh products department. Every month, Bio-Planet introduces about sixty new products to inspire the customer to consume consciously.

Bio-Planet Mol was built with sustainable techniques and materials and offers a pleasant shopping experience with fifteen competent co-workers at the customer’s service. The store also has an environment-friendly cooling system on propane. Furthermore it has a rain water buffer, a ventilation system that recycles 15 % of the warmth in the air and led lighting.

Grand opening week at DreamLand
DreamLand Mol is the 46th store for the Colruyt Group’s toys expert. Inhabitants of Mol and surroundings can find a broad range of articles for young and old: (outside) toys, games and multimedia, school supplies, books, comic books, presents, etc. That DreamLand is all about having fun becomes clear in the use of nice playful elements in and around the store. The cash registers and packing tables are decorated, there is a life-size Matchbox and a birthday throne, a hopscotch and play street in the store, and so on.  During opening week on 25th and 28th October, a lot of amusing  activities are programmed. Markske from FC De Kampioenen, Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol and the Minions will gladly make pictures with their fans. Bumba joins in for the youngest ones.  At Dreamland Mol, 8 people set to work.

Pleasant shopping at Dreambaby
For Dreambaby it is the 26th store in Belgium. The baby expert store has a warm design with special attention for atmosphere and perception. Thanks to low shelves, customers experience a pleasant feeling of space. They can find a broad range of baby articles and personal advice. 8 co-workers will work there. During opening week from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 October, Dreambaby Mol organises special actions and a workshop about baby slings. 

Contact
Silja Decock, Colruyt Group press officer
Gsm: +32 (0)473 92 45 10
E-mail: press@colruytgroup.com

SOURCE: Colruyt Group

Toys“R”Us® releases holiday catalog Ultimate Guide to Play

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Black Friday is only a little more than a month away, but the deals are starting even sooner. Loyal Toys“R”Us® shoppers can expect to find copies of this year’s highly-anticipated holiday catalog, The Ultimate Guide to Play – in homes beginning Thursday, October 19 and in newspapers on Sunday, October 29. With 41 percent of customers starting their shopping in October*, Toys“R”Us is kicking off hot deals beginning Thursday, October 26 running through Saturday, November 18, including on items from the company’s Holiday Hot Toy List that are topping kids’ wish lists, such as FurReal Roarin’ Ivory the Playful Tiger ($15 savings), Doc McStuffins Baby All-in-One Nursery ($20 savings), and Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme ($15 savings)**.

Parents have relied on this go-to gift-guide for decades as a source of inspiration and fun and this year, we’ve added a number of new elements to cement our position as champions of play for kids everywhere.

  • Parents Night Out: Toys“R”Us is giving parents the opportunity to shop sans kids during special Parents Night Out Events on Sunday, November 12 and Thursday, November 30 from 8-10pm local time***. During these grown-up events, gift-buyers will have access to a designated shopping expert, hot toy demonstrations, games for the big kids at heart (hot chocolate bar, raffles and more), and sweepstakes.
  • Play Lab: Need a play break? On Sunday, November 1, 42 Toys“R”Us locations across the country will update their stores to add Play Labs – a space where families can test out the hottest toys of the season (while gift-givers shop for them). To find a Play Lab near you, visit https://www.toysrus.com/playlab.
  • Play Chaser: The company’s new AR app, Play Chaser, is bringing stores virtually to life through an interactive gaming experience, and now it is helping kids quickly and easily assemble an interactive list of their favorite toys from The Ultimate Guide to Play catalog. To download Play Chaser visit, https://www.toysrus.com/playchaser.

Toys“R”Us wants holiday shoppers to take advantage of services that are offered throughout the year, including:

  • Price Match: There’s no need for shoppers to visit multiple retailers to get the best deal. If customers find a hot toy (or any toy) advertised at a lower price at another store, Toys“R”Us will honor its Price Match Guarantee. New this holiday season, for every customer that takes advantage of our Price Match Promise now through Sunday, December 24, Toys“R”Us will donate $1 to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation (up to $1 million). To learn more about Toys “R”Us’ Price Match Promise visit https://www.toysrus.com/pricematch
  • Layaway and Then Some: Toys“R”Us will once again offer free layaway services this holiday season, waiving the usual fee. Plus, beginning Sunday, November 5, through Saturday, December 9, Toys“R”Us will pay off one individual’s layaway order per day (up to $200)****. For more information about Toys“R”Us’ Layaway, visit https://www.toysrus.com/layaway.

For more on this year’s Ultimate Guide to Play or holiday services available at Toys“R”Us, visit the company’s corporate blog, No Assembly Required.

* National Retail Federation, Retailers to Prepare for Post-Election Holiday Shopping
** While supplies last, no rainchecks.
*** Toys“R”Us stores in the U.S. will open at 8:00pm local time on Sunday, November 12, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, and Dedham, MA, which may have varying event dates due to local ordinances (Toys“R”Us Express and Toys“R”Us Outlet locations are excluded from this event, apart from Toys“R”Us Times Square).
**** Winners will be chosen at the end of every week and will be given a $200 gift card to Toys“R”Us stores.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

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The BRC and its members introduce Codes of Practice to further enhance the safety of children’s halloween costumes

London, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC and its members have introduced two voluntary Codes of Practice which exceed the current testing standard, to further enhance the safety of children’s dress-up costumes.

The terrible accident involving Claudia Winkleman’s daughter in 2014 and the subsequent media coverage focussed attention on what were seen as failings to the existing Toy Safety Standard for the flammability of children’s dress-up costumes. Against this backdrop, the BRC and its members agreed the need for a more robust flammability test and worked together with UK laboratories to develop one that could be adopted quickly and ensure that products sold were safer.

The resulting BRC test standard for flammability, endorsed by RoSPA, The National Fire Chiefs Council, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service and the Children’s Burns Trust, has since been reinforced with the more stringent requirement of a maximum burn rate of 10mm/minute – an improvement of 300 per cent over the existing 30mm/minute standard. This is just one of the many stricter requirements introduced in the last 12 months.

David Bolton, Head of Product Safety at the BRC said:

“We have led the way in developing guidance and tools to help all companies, not just our members, test products to a standard above current regulations to give their customers the reassurances they rightly demand. First introduced in 2016, we continue to review and refine it to ensure it is robust and add to a company’s own due diligence process. We have also been working with BSI to encourage Europe to adopt our standard.

“Whilst this is a valuable tool for all companies, we are still recommending that the UK Government and EU authorities revisit the legislation to ensure all products on the market are effectively regulated to reflect the hazards presented by today’s style of costumes, including the fabrics and finishes used.”

Paul M Fuller CBE QFSM, Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We fully endorse the two Codes of Practice developed by the BRC and its members, which go further than the mandatory regulations in putting children’s welfare and safety first.  Retailers have considered the potential risk and vulnerability of children and rightly made the voluntary decision to go beyond the current testing standard to ensure the dress-up products they sell are safer.”

Ken Dunn BSc FRCS (Lond) FRCS (plast) FRCS (ed), Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon.  Medical Trustee, Children’s Burns Trust said:

“The number of incidents of burns involving clothing, for example a child’s fancy-dress costume, is thankfully relatively low – but when it does happen it is catastrophic. We continue to support the work of the Government and the BSI (British Standard Institute) in increasing the flammability standards of children’s clothes in particular and are grateful to the British Retail Consortium for the developments in their Code of Practice.”

  • The two BRC voluntary Codes of Practice are:

Method of Test for the Flammability Safety of Children’s Dress-Up

Additional Flammability Labelling of Children’s Dress-Up

  • Dress-up clothes are defined in European Law (Toy Safety Directive) as a “Toy”. As such, there are a suite of standards (EN 71) that are used whereby compliance with the standard can be used to demonstrate that a toy is safe. For dress-up flammability, this standard is called “EN71-2”.

Contact:
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EMAIL: media@brc.org.uk
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Source: BRC

Toys“R”Us® Children’s Fund donates $1 million to the Hamilton Education Program

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to support children and families – which includes serving as champions of play for kids of all ages – today (October 16, 2017) the Toys“R”Us® Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., announced it has donated $1 million to the Hamilton Education Program (EduHam). The donation provides thousands of high school students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the hit musical HAMILTON through an innovative education program that focuses on history and the performing arts.

Over the course of several weeks, nearly 25,000 Title 1 high school students in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, will learn the past is far from boring. During the program, kids will see history through a new lens by studying Alexander Hamilton and nation’s Founding Fathers, and by creating their own performance, such as an original song, spoken word or rap piece. Toys“R”Us worked closely with the EduHam team – co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – to ensure its donation would give each student a show-stopping final curtain call in their HAMILTON journey: the opportunity to experience the musical first-hand, in their hometown.

“At Toys“R”Us, kids are our number one priority – whether they’re just a few weeks old, or in this case, walking the halls of high school,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We’re honored to support this five-year program and the thousands of students and teachers involved because we believe in the power that HAMILTON and EduHam has to help students flourish – giving them a much-needed artistic and educational outlet, while making history fun.”

“I am grateful for Toys“R”Us and its very generous gift to allow thousands of students across the U.S. the opportunity to study the Founding Fathers of our country through the Hamilton Education Program,” said HAMILTON creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Without support like this, we would not be able to share this impactful program with these students. #Eduham continues to be one of my greatest joys in creating HAMILTON. “

To read more about the program, please visit https://www.toysrusinc.com/blog/toysrus-eduham-musical-magic.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is a global partner in philanthropic programs that advocate for the safety and happiness of all children. The company places a strong focus on partners and programs that provide basic necessities and opportunities for children in-need. Together with its charitable arm, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us has contributed more than $230 million to changing the lives of children around the globe.

ABOUT THE GILDER LEHRMAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education. With a focus on primary sources, the Gilder Lehrman Institute illuminates the stories, people and moments that inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand more about history. Through a diverse portfolio of education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program (#eduham), the Gilder Lehrman Institute provides opportunities for nearly two million students, 30,000 teachers and 14,000 schools worldwide.

For information on The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visit www.gilderlehrman.orgwww.Facebook.com/gilderlehrmanhttps://www.instagram.com/gilderlehrman and https://twitter.com/Gilder_Lehrman.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Build-A-Bear to mark its 20th Birthday by donating 20,000 teddy bears to children’s hospitals nationwide

Build-A-Bear to mark its 20th Birthday by donating 20,000 teddy bears to children’s hospitals nationwide

 

Cuddly Company Kicks Off Countdown to 20th Birthday on October 27 with 20,000-bear Donation and Announcement of a New Charitable Giving Focus

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of the company’s 20th Birthday, Build-A-Bear today (Oct. 10, 2017) announced a donation of 20,000 teddy bears that will be distributed among two dozen children’s hospitals across the United States. Volunteer coordination for the nationwide donation is powered by United Way, and UPS is serving as the official logistics and shipping partner. Teddy bear deliveries have already begun to hospitals from coast to coast, including:

The initiative will culminate with a special delivery to patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City by Build-A-Bear Workshop President and Chief Executive Officer Sharon Price John on Thursday, October 26, the day before the company’s 20th Birthday.

The donation was funded by Build-A-Bear Foundation to commemorate the past 20 years of giving and to introduce a new charitable focus as it looks toward the future.

“Since 1997, Build-A-Bear has donated nearly $50 million in funds and furry friends to a variety of organizations,” said Sharon John, president and CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “We have always believed in the power of hugs and the simple comfort of having a furry friend by your side. Starting in November, Build-A-Bear Foundation will turn its focus to giving efforts that support the well-being of children through opportunities to make their days a little bit brighter. The delivery of tens of thousands of teddy bears to deserving patients at some of our country’s best hospitals would not have been possible without the generous support of our partners at United Way and UPS.”

Nearly 100 volunteers are helping to make the bear deliveries happen thanks to tireless coordination and support from United Way and HandsOn Network organizations located near the hospitals.

“United Way is excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with Build-A-Bear, alongside UPS, through this donation,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO, United Way of Greater St. Louis. “We look forward to continuing our long-time partnership, working together to support child well-being and help people in communities across the country.”

Each teddy bear is accompanied by a personal message hand-written by representatives of Build-A-Bear, United Way and UPS. The finished bears were packaged with care by Build-A-Bear associates at the company’s Bearhouse in Groveport, Ohio. Dedicated teams of UPS drivers will make sure the furry friends journey safely and quickly to every corner of the country.

“A child’s smile can be the most telling sign you’ve made a positive impact in their life,” said David Hopkins, director of marketing and United Way coordinator for UPS. “UPS enjoys making a difference in our communities, including supporting the United Way as one of its largest givers. We’re honored to extend that relationship by helping Build-A-Bear Foundation deliver some happiness to children while they’re receiving treatment in their local hospitals.”

To learn more about the mission of Build-A-Bear Foundation, visit buildabear.com/giving. For more information about Build-A-Bear, visit buildabear.com and follow the brand on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

About Build-A-Bear
Celebrating 20 years of business in 2017, Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About United Way Worldwide
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.8 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide, and more than $4.7 billion raised every year, United Wayis the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org.

About UPS
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com® or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

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Marissa Eifert
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Marissa.eifert@fleishman.com

SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

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